Realtors such as Michele Cartwright helped with the Realtors Care Blanket Drive.

Realtors spread warmth

The 21st annual realtor blanket drive included 35 offices in the Fraser Valley.

In a matter of days area realtors bundled up enough clothing and blankets to help more than 1,100 people in Langley alone.

The annual Realtors Care Blanket Drive in November has a long history of helping causes in the Fraser Valley. In Langley, realtors collected 237 bags of clothing and blankets.

“No matter how many bags we accumulate, we know we’ve made a difference in at least one person’s life. That’s why I help out whenever I can,” said long time Blanket Drive volunteer Michele Cartwright, of Langley.

Donations this year went to the Gateway of Hope, the Ishtar Transition Housing Society and Wagner Hills Ministry.

“They do incredible work,” said realtor Michael Gleboff.

In all the more than 1,000 bags of collected clothing and blankets will help more than 5,000 people in Langley, Abbotsford, Mission, Surrey, North Delta and White Rock, going to 22 local organizations. The donations were collected at 35 offices and sorted by 47 realtor volunteers.

While the volume of donations collected this year in the Fraser Valley was less than previous years, realtor volunteers noticed that the quality of the donations was much better. Learn more about the campaign at


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